Hemp is one of the flagship crops of the 21st century.

With thousands of uses, this invaluable, sustainable resource will help build a kinder, more sustainable future for us all.

By all measures Hemp is the most versatile crop on the planet, with thousands of applications – everything from clothes, cars, batteries, buildings, bioplastics, paper, planes and packaging (and everything in-between) are made from the stems –  All in an environmentally friendly, sustainable way

The seeds are a nutrient powerhouse, containing high quality oil and high levels of protein, along with many other nutrients. The leaves and flowers yield valuable cannabinoids – remarkable phytochemicals that are increasingly praised for their value as well-being supplements.

Hemp is perfect for regenerative agriculture
Hemp is easy to grow, requiring no pesticides or herbicides and easily grown organically. It clears the fields of weeds and nematodes, and helps protect other crops from pests too, thus helping to avoid the use of harmful herbicides and pesticides. Growing hemp helps to condition the soil – They have even used it to help restore areas contaminated by radioactive waste!

A miracle plant!

Hemp will help create a kinder society

It’s green profile and versatility will help us transition to a bio-based economy that’s kinder to the environment.

Hemp soaks up carbon

Keeping it locked up further down the processing line

Hemp will be essential for climate change adaptation

Improving our resilience and decreasing our impact

Although South Africa has been performing Hemp trials for twenty years, it has been impossible for non-royalty to obtain Hemp permits for cultivation in South Africa. The exclusive permit issued by the Department of Agriculture expired on 13/04/2017, with whispers that permits could be issued as soon as September 2017.

Hemp Seeds
Cannabis seeds are actually small nuts, ranging in size from 1.5mm to 4mm. They are highly nutritious, and contain all 20 amino acids, including the 8 essential ones, antioxidants, phytosterols and phospholipids.
It is a potent source of Essential fatty acids, and contains the perfect ratio of Omega 3 and 6 that the human body requires. The seeds are high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron, and contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D and E. These days the seeds are available in a whole range of different products, from vegan cheeses and yoghurt, to flours and bread, salad and cooking oils, protein powders and smoothie superchargers. Some birdkeepers will tell you there’s nothing like Hemp seeds to make Canaries sing, while fishermen swear by it to catch monster Carp.

Hemp Stalks

The Hemp stalks produce materials for production.

At maturity, the plant’s stalks are hollow, with a woody core and fibres surrounding it. The bast fibres are four times stronger than those of cotton. They provide the raw materials for ropes and yarns, carpets and car paneling, cloth, insulation and paper. Hemp produces the finest smoking papers in the world. The first books to ever be printed, by Johan Gutenberg in 1455, made use of high quality hemp paper made in Italy.

The woody core is referred to as the hurd, or shivs. It works great as animal bedding and compost, but it is also the go-to product for green construction, used to make Hempcrete

What is Hempcrete? A blend of Hemp shivs and lime is mixed to create an environmentally sound, fireproof, carbon negative, energy efficient and breathable building material. Hempcrete is non-toxic, and even recyclable!

Best of all? Not only does building with Hemp capture carbon (in the woody shivs), but it continues absorbing CO2 (Around 250kg of the stuff for every tonne of Hempcrete, over a period of 100 years)

This process of absorbing the CO2 makes the shivs slowly turn into stone, making the hempcrete stronger and stronger over time.

Its no recent innovation – A 1200 year old bridge in France for example, is made of Hempcrete.

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